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By Anonym 15 Sep

E. O. Wilson

We don't need to clear the 4 to 6 percent of the Earth's surface remaining in tropical rain forests, with most of the animal and plant species living there.

By Anonym 15 Sep

E. O. Wilson

[W]hen the martyr's righteous forebrain is exploded by the executioner's bullet and his mind disintegrates, what then? Can we safely assume that all those millions of neural circuits will be reconstituted in an immaterial state, so the conscious mind carries on?

By Anonym 13 Sep

E. O. Wilson

An individual ant, even though it has a brain about a millionth of a size of a human being's, can learn a maze; the kind we use is a simple rat maze in a laboratory. They can learn it about one-half as fast as a rat.

By Anonym 14 Sep

E. O. Wilson

Jehovah had nothing to say to Moses and the others about the care of the planet. He had plenty to say about tribal loyalty and conquest.

By Anonym 15 Sep

E. O. Wilson

Today [the voice of women] is being heard loud and clear. But I do not read the welcome triumph of feminism, social, economic, and creative, as a brief for postmodernism. The advance, while opening new avenues of expression and liberating deep pools of talent, has not exploded human nature into little pieces. Instead, it has set the stage for a fuller exploration of the universal traits that unite humanity.

By Anonym 14 Sep

E. O. Wilson

The great paradox of determinism and free will, which has held the attention of the wisest of philosophers and psychologists for generations, can be phrased in more biological terms as follows: If our genes are inherited, and our environment is a train of physical events set in motion before we were born, how can there be a truly independent agent within the brain? The agent itself is created by the interaction of the genes and the environment. It would appear that our freedom is only a self delusion.

By Anonym 14 Sep

E. O. Wilson

The brain and its satellite glands have now been probed to the point where no particular site remains that can reasonably be supposed to harbour a nonphysical mind.

By Anonym 13 Sep

E. O. Wilson

[Bacteria are the] dark matter of the biological world [with 4 million mostly unknown species in a ton of soil].

By Anonym 13 Sep

E. O. Wilson

If we lose half the species, which could happen by the end of the century if we don't do anything, that's going to create a big difference down the line in the stability and even the economic potential in the living world. Irreversibly.

By Anonym 13 Sep

E. O. Wilson

Destroying a tropical rainforest for profit is like burning all the paintings of the Louvre to cook dinner.

By Anonym 15 Sep

E. O. Wilson

Well, let me tell you, ants are the dominant insects. They make up as much as a quarter of the biomass of all insects in the world. They are the principal predators. They're the cemetery workers.

By Anonym 13 Sep

E. O. Wilson

Human nature is deeper and broader than the artificial contrivance of any existing culture.

By Anonym 14 Sep

E. O. Wilson

The evolutionary epic is ... the best myth we will ever have.

By Anonym 14 Sep

E. O. Wilson

Sstudying ants just quickly became part of me because I was allowed to wander, explore and find things and figure things out myself. And I saw how much was there and what could be done and how I could make a life of it.

By Anonym 15 Sep

E. O. Wilson

We exist in a bizarre combination of Stone Age emotions, medieval beliefs, and god-like technology.

By Anonym 15 Sep

E. O. Wilson

Yes, the natural sciences are telling us a great deal about human origins, the origins of our species the origins of our minds; we're on our way to explaining a large part of it. I'll accept an answer provided only by such means as obtaining and exploring, analyzing and arguing over the evidence - not because of a scribe's myopic view of the subject written 500 years before the birth of Christ!

By Anonym 13 Sep

E. O. Wilson

I had reached a point in my career in which I was ready to try something new in my writing, and the idea of a novel has always been in the back of my mind.

By Anonym 15 Sep

E. O. Wilson

The two major challenges for the 21st century are to improve the economic situation of the majority and save as much of the planet as we can.

By Anonym 15 Sep

E. O. Wilson

Thirty trillion dollars worth of services, scot-free to humanity, every year.

By Anonym 13 Sep

E. O. Wilson

If enough species are extinguished, will the ecosystems collapse, and will the extinction of most other species follow soon afterward? The only answer anyone can give is: possibly. By the time we find out, however, it might be too late. One planet, one experiment.

By Anonym 14 Sep

E. O. Wilson

The big question that scientists haven't even begun to get an answer for is how many species of microorganisms are there? Now, this is not stamp collecting. What we need is experts totally devoting their research to everything they can find out about every species, in a community of scientists who appreciate that every fact counts...everything new you learn about any species in any group is worth publishing somewhere.

By Anonym 14 Sep

E. O. Wilson

Sometimes a concept is baffling not because it is profound but because it is wrong.

By Anonym 15 Sep

E. O. Wilson

The newborn infant is now seen to be wired with awesome precision... This marvelous robot will be launched into the world under the care of its parents... But to what extent does the wiring of the neurons, so undeniably encoded in the genes, preordain the directions that social development will follow?

By Anonym 14 Sep

E. O. Wilson

One planet, one experiment.

By Anonym 13 Sep

E. O. Wilson

Biology has finally opened up to achieve a unifying embrace of all its disciplines. We're seeing the renaissance of what could be called scientific natural history, which makes available the groundwork - the foundation work - of what is actually on the Earth.

By Anonym 13 Sep

E. O. Wilson

In my heart, I'm an Alabaman who went up north to work.

By Anonym 13 Sep

E. O. Wilson

I doubt that most people with short-term thinking love the natural world enough to save it.

By Anonym 15 Sep

E. O. Wilson

[T]he true natural sciences lock together in theory and evidence to form the ineradicable technical base of modern civilization. The pseudosciences satisfy personal psychological needs... but lack the ideas or the means to contribute to the technical base.

By Anonym 13 Sep

E. O. Wilson

Biophilia, if it exists, and I believe it exists, is the innately emotional affiliation of human beings to other living organisms.

By Anonym 15 Sep

E. O. Wilson

We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely.

By Anonym 15 Sep

E. O. Wilson

Wonderful theory, wrong species.

By Anonym 15 Sep

E. O. Wilson

You teach me, I forget. You show me, I remember. You involve me, I understand.

By Anonym 13 Sep

E. O. Wilson

Every ecosystem, even a small one, is sustainable because it has certain ensembles and conditions and influences that are unique to it. And the biological ensembles are almost certainly, even the most modest ones, in the thousands of species. We don't know what's involved in the models - not even the beginnings. And yet we're trying to make a sustainable world, which has to include the natural world. The human species is triumphant, but it's got to get a grip. It's got to come to understand what's happened, why we're this way and what we're doing.

By Anonym 14 Sep

E. O. Wilson

Known as the biosphere to scientists and as the creation to theologians, all of life together consists of a membrane around earth so thin that it cannot be seen edgewise from a satellite yet so prodigiously diverse that only a tiny fraction of species have been discovered and named.

By Anonym 13 Sep

E. O. Wilson

Ants are the leading removers of dead creatures on the land. And the rest of life is substantially dependent upon them.

By Anonym 15 Sep

E. O. Wilson

We ought to recognize that religious strife is not the consequence of differences among people. It's about conflicts between creation stories.

By Anonym 14 Sep

E. O. Wilson

The commitment must be much deeper - to let no species knowingly die; to take all reasonable action to protect every species and race in perpetuity.

By Anonym 13 Sep

E. O. Wilson

Go as far as you can, [young scientists]. The world needs you badly.

By Anonym 14 Sep

E. O. Wilson

Jungles and grasslands are the logical destinations, and towns and farmland the labyrinths that people have imposed between them sometime in the past. I cherish the green enclaves accidentally left behind.

By Anonym 15 Sep

E. O. Wilson

The human mind evolved to believe in the gods. It did not evolve to believe in biology.

By Anonym 14 Sep

E. O. Wilson

The biological evolutionary perception of life and of human qualities is radically different from that of traditional religion, whether it's Southern Baptist or Islam or any religion that believes in a supernatural supervalance over humanity.

By Anonym 14 Sep

E. O. Wilson

The cost of scientific advance is the humbling recognition that reality was not constructed to be easily grasped by the human mind. This is the cardinal tenet of scientific understanding. Our species and its ways of thinking are a product of evolution, not the purpose of evolution.

By Anonym 14 Sep

E. O. Wilson

Perhaps the time has come to cease calling it the 'environmentalist' view, as though it were a lobbying effort outside the mainstream of human activity, and to start calling it the real-world view.

By Anonym 13 Sep

E. O. Wilson

Far more important throughout the rest of science is the ability to form concepts, during which the researcher conjures images and processes by intuition.

By Anonym 15 Sep

E. O. Wilson

The vast majority of species that are vanishing, we haven't even discovered yet. How can you possibly put them back in nature if the ecosystem is gone?

By Anonym 13 Sep

E. O. Wilson

Common sense is merely unaided intuition, and unaided intuition is reasoning performed in the absense of instruments and the tested knowledge of science. Common sense tells us that massive satellites cannot hang suspended 36,000 kilometers above the one point on the earth's surface, but they do.

By Anonym 14 Sep

E. O. Wilson

It's always been a dream of mine, of exploring the living world, of classifying all the species and finding out what makes up the biosphere.

By Anonym 14 Sep

E. O. Wilson

Overall, the human brain is the most complex object known in the universe - known, that is, to itself.

By Anonym 13 Sep

E. O. Wilson

All my life I have placed great store in civility and good manners, practices I find scarce among the often hard-edged, badly socialized scientists with whom I associate. Tone of voice means a great deal to me in the course of debate. I despise the arrogance and doting self-regard so frequently found among the very bright.

By Anonym 14 Sep

E. O. Wilson

Religious belief itself is an adaptation that has evolved because we're hard-wired to form tribalistic religions.